I am a Christ-follower, wife, mother, daughter, and teacher. While this blog started as something different, it became my place to record my thoughts on life. God has blessed me beyond meausre. My amazing husband, Doug, and I have been married 25 years. We have 1 daughter and 3 sons, Brooke, Blake, Cody, and Dale. Feel free to add your comments, thoughts, and ideas to my posts. I'd love to hear from you!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Heart of Worship
One of my favorite songs is Heart of Worship by Hillsong United. It speaks about what true worship is really supposed to be about. The topic of worship has been on my mind and heart recently for lots of reasons. The main reason I would suspect is that God is dealing with me personally in this area of my walk with Him. Another reason is that it has been a topic of discussion around our home recently.
It took me a long time to realize that worship happens anywhere at anytime when I make a choice to give myself over to the act of praising and adoring my Lord and Savior. It is not something that only happens during the Sunday morning worship service, although that is certainly a high point of worship during the week.
Something else that I think is often misunderstood about worship or more specifically worship services is that the worship service is NOT about what we can get out of it but what we bring to give back to God. Although our lives are enriched during worship services, that is not what it is all about. We are there to give glory to God!
So who has the right to participate...to sing...to play an instrument...to offer prayers and praises? Only the most talented? Do you have to be a certain age? Should it change from week to week? The debates over worship are some of the most heated debates in churches today. How sad! There we go again...thinking it's all about us, when it is not! The people who play an instrument, lead, sing, pray, etc., are there to do the same as those of us who are in the congregation...to give glory to God! As that song says, "It's ALL ABOUT YOU, IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU, JESUS!"
The song I mentioned at the top of the post says:
I'll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You're looking into my heart
We're not fooling God. He sees our motives...whether pure or impure. How sweet the communion with Him is when we enter into His presence with pure motives and unhindered worship!